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Lars Ulrich says Metallica could record a new album in quarantine


Lars Ulrich, the drummer of Metallica, has explained that the band have discussed the potential of recording a new album while in lockdown.

With millions of people around the world forced into self-isolation and the music world reeling from postponed tours, delayed album releases and cancelled festivals, Metallica are attempting to turn their time in quarantine into a productive period

Ulrich, who joined close friend Marc Benioff for a livestream conversation on social media, began discussing Metallica’s reaction to the current crisis. 

“I don’t know what the rest of those rescheduled dates will look like,” Ulrich said while discussing the band’s postpone tour dates. “I hope, obviously, that we can come out and play and that we can connect and we can bring people together in these situations through music, but you and I both know, and everybody listening in and watching knows that there’s a significant chance that none of those dates are gonna happen, because the idea of bringing tens of thousands of people together in concert settings is maybe just not the right idea for the health and safety of everybody in 2020.”

Metallica, who released their last full album in 2016 with the Hardwired…To Self-Destruct project, have discussed the chances of recording new material this year. “What will the next couple of months look like? What will the rest of the year look like? And what will, obviously, say, the next decade look like in terms of how do we create, how do we write music, how do we record music, how do we share music, and how is it all gonna look with the uncertainties ahead of us,” Ulrich explained

He added: “The guys in Metallica, as we sit here and go, well, maybe in a month or two from now, is there a chance that the four of us can be together maybe at our studio here in Northern California. If the quarantine and stay-at-home orders subside — so on and so forth.

“Will there be a Metallica quarantine record? I can’t tell you, because, again, I don’t know how long the quarantine will last. But if you and I and the rest of the world are sitting here six months from now or a year from now, I’d say there’s a very good chance.”

See the conversation in full, below.